Sunday, June 9, 2013

Feeling the Love and Graduation Quilts

WOW!  Lots and lots of blog lovin’ has come my way since the first post only 3 days ago!  I am overwhelmed by Karen’s kind words and Candace’s willingness to display my button on her blog.  Due to their generous support I instantly gained many friends.
Everyone has given me a warm welcome into blogland.  I have discovered so many places to visit for inspiration and I’ve learned so much already!  I’ve made new friends from all over the world and even a new one right here where I live.  Suzy from Sunshine and Lollipops and I will be getting together for coffee soon!
I believe I responded to all of your wonderful comments.  For  those that were “no reply” , please know that I appreciate you stopping by and giving me words of encouragement.
Now, down to business…
Let’s just say I’m still on a huge learning curve when comes to taking good photos.  I’m using my DD’s Canon T2i which is pretty dummy proof (that’s what I need) but I realize there just aren’t good ‘display’ options around here for photographing quilts.  That is something I will have to work on.
Since I know so many of you are watching and are willing to hold me accountable for completing my UFOs, I finished a graduation gift J
This is my DD’s special someone and he graduated with her a couple of weeks ago.  I made him a Senior Year memory quilt and I’ll have to say that I am disappointed in the printable fabric I chose.  The package read 100% cotton so I expected it to be softer.  It’s colorfast quality is great! 
Can you recommend a good printable fabric?  I would love to make another one… perhaps one larger than a wall hanging so it will need to be cuddle-worthy J
In 2010, I surprised my DS with his graduation quilt (below).  The pattern is Shoeboxes from Atkinson Designs.
And DD knows that Mom would be fair and do the same for her this year.  Therefore, I allowed her to choose her pattern and fabric.  She chose Butterfly Trails, again from Atkinson Designs.  Their patterns are so easy to follow. 

I have everything cut so it is time to sew!
This pattern calls for only two fabrics!  New one for me…
Since the quilt wasn’t her surprise gift, there was no hurry to finish before graduation.
I know this is crazy…inserting photos AND ‘linking up’ for the first time in the SAME post, but I did!
sew many ways
Thank you again for all of your blog lovin’…now I’m off to catch up with YOU at YOUR place J
Have a great week and keep the screen door slammin’


Carol- Beads and Birds said...

What a cool idea for a quilt! This type of quilt is definitely added to my to do list.

Angela said...

I have no idea about a the fabric for pictures, but I am very interested. I will most likely shamelessly copy your idea for my children. Oldest son is a junior this coming year, so I have a year to learn quilting basics and plan ahead. I think your quilt looks great!

Linda Walker said...

Hi Jeanna,
Wow, you already have more followers than I do and I have been in blogland for about a year! LOL...I was just looking at the printable fabrics yesterday as my daughter is graduating and I thought I would put a memory quilt together too but had no clue
which paper to buy. Your memory quilt turned out so nice--such a thoughtful gift! Linda

Nancy B said...

Hi, Jeanna. I use Jacquard's Inkjet Fabric Sheets for making quilt labels. I used to buy it at Michael's, but they no longer carry it at my local store. So I now purchase it through Amazon. They also make a silk product. Would that be softer? Hope you find one you like. Your quilts are real treasures.

Happy Sewing!

Unknown said...

Oooh, I haven't even heard of printable fabric, that's a new one to me! How exciting; I must do some research as to what we can get here in England x


Anne said...

I've come to join you from Karen's post - a bit late but I made it! The quilts look wonderful. Well done! :o)

Off to add myself to your followers.

Debbie said...

I just found this blog through Sew Many Ways and came for a peek. I love your blog title and the story behind it. I also love to see the crafts and gifts that others do. It inspires me. I started my blog when my younger daughter was your daughter's age and just finishing high school. It's a wonderful empty nest focus and hobby.

Welcome to Blog Land!

Sherry said...

Happy you are off to a great start. Your quilts are great and I know you will have a great following because of your projects and beautiful writing style. I look forward to your next post.

Unknown said...

That is awesome Jeanna!..My son will be graduating in 2015. Maybe i should start one for him, its possible it might get done before then ;)...Great pictures!..
Have a wonderful Week!

Tammy said...

Your quilts are fantastic. I can't wait to see the 2 color quilt come together. Love your blog and will be following you - even linked you in the "blogs I love to read" on the side of my blog!!

Leanne Parsons said...

Welcome to Blogland! I'm a new blogger too - since March. I love the connections I've been able to make with complete strangers.

Anonymous said...

Welcome, Welcome, Welcome I'm glad you joined us all in blogland! You will soon have numerous new friends and I do mean...friends! Even though I haven't met most in person...I have some best buds! I've been blogging 6 years and still love it (when I get the time) I was going to ask about your blog name but just read your first entry...makes perfect sense! As for the fabric to use for photos through the printer...there are so many brands out there it is hard to say which is the preferred. Maybe you can visit Jill at The Quilt Rat blog and ask her...she is such an artist and talent and I think she may give you the insight you need.
Okay...we'll be chatting in blogland!!!

regan said...

Awesome quilt, Jeanna! I've never used the photo fabric.....let us know if anyone comes up with a cuddly/softer product than the one you used, ok?

Lindsey said...

Hey, heard you were new to the blog world and thought I'd stop over and say WELCOME! We've all been there and I love the way your blog looks so far! Looking forward to more great posts!

Lindsey @ GrowingKidsMinistry.com

Unknown said...

Dear Jeanna,
Welcome to blog world. I am new myself and it was a bit scary! Your blog is absolutely beautiful! I did mine myself by following Karen's blogging tips. It is fun and I know you will love it.
Best regards,
Erin at piersandchandeliers.blogspot.com

Candace said...

I'm so happy you're coming into blogland with a bang, Jeanna! I was shocked and happy to see how many comments you got on your first post - way to go! Love the quilt you made for your daughter's friend! I've not printed on fabric but someone I know who does recommends Printed Treasures. Looks like you've gotten a lot of great advice! LOVE the fabrics you used for your son't quilt and also your daughter's color choices! Terry's patterns are a lot of fun to sew, too!

tink's mom said...

One of the most amazing parts of blogging is that it is worldwide. Love your photo quilt. I have made several over the years. The first for my niece who was going away to college. Hers was comprised of pictures of the family so she could take us all with her. The latest one I made I used Tee Shirt Transfer, not soft and cuddly at all but should hold up to washings.

tink's mom said...

One of the most amazing parts of blogging is that it is worldwide. Love your photo quilt. I have made several over the years. The first for my niece who was going away to college. Hers was comprised of pictures of the family so she could take us all with her. The latest one I made I used Tee Shirt Transfer, not soft and cuddly at all but should hold up to washings.

Patti said...

Hi Jeanna! I'm a follower, came over from Karen's and I'm glad I did! I haven't made picture quilts in a while but when I did I would take my pics to the local printer and he would make iron on transfers for me. Pic quality wasn't always great. They can't do it anymore due to the change in copiers. Your pictures look great though. Do you think it would soften up with repeated washing?

Linda Walker said...

Ah, I just noticed that you have a daughter starting college too! We will have to share stories! Wishing her all the best! Linda

Sue from Oregon said...

You did it! What a lovely memory quilt!!! Makes me want to start the ole sewing machine back up!!!

Elita@Busy Needle Quilting said...

Hi Jeanna! Welcome to BlogLand! I am also a Southerner (from SC)but across the Big Pond in Switzerland now. I have a client who just used those Printed Treasures sheets & the ink ran. Just be careful & test first. My favourite product to transfer photos is the Bubble Jet Set solution. You soak the fabric you want to transfer to in the solution for 5 mins. Take out, let dry & iron onto pieces of wax paper cut to the size you need. Run through your printer, let dry & that's it. I heat set it again but it's never given me any problems. Fabric is never stiff. I tend to use a cotton sateen for the fabric but have even used silk (that frays alot though). Just let me know if you have any questions. I'm happy to help! :-)

Quiltgal said...

Your Memory quilt turned out beautifully and the one for your son is gorgeous.

Linda H said...

Hi Jeanna
Your photo quilt is beautiful! What a very special gift. I'm sure he will treasure it. I don't think I would recommend the silk sheets for a quilt- not sure how they would stand up to wear and tear and laundering. And they DO fray...I think the cotton choices are a better bet.

Carrie P. said...

great looking quilts. can't wait to see your daughter's quilt.

andsewon said...

What a neat picture quilt to have... a real treasure! Your son's quilt is lovely too. I look forward to seeing the next one for your daughter!
Have your blog on my reading list now!

Valerie Cottage Making Mommy said...

OH I love this. My grandmother and great grandmother quilted. I would love to start. After things settle down this year I may start.


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